Kiawah Island course records six holes-in-one during single-day outing

Kiawah Island Club
Mike Touhill
All six of these golfers made a hole-in-one in the same outing on Nov. 6 at Cassique on Kiawah Island. Top (left to right) Larry Patrick, Garrett Hill, Alan Gillespie; Bottom (left to right) Matt Cleveland, Ken Knechtel, Dale Mercer.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 | 11:58 a.m.

News crossed the inbox this morning from Mike Touhill, Director of Public Relations for Kiawah Partners, that not one, not two, not three... but six holes-in-one were recorded in the same day at Kiawah Island Club's Cassique course at Kiawah Island, S.C.

Say what?!

The record occurred on the Tom Watson-designed links course Wednesday, November 6, during the annual Men's Closing Day golf outing. A total of 71 golfers participated in the event which pairs three members of the private club with one staff member to mark the end of the fall tournament season.

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Five aces were recorded on the fifth hole, a par 3 measuring 118 yards with the other hole-in-one coming on the 148-yard par 3, 16th hole. The shots were made by a combination of members and staff with Garrett Hill, Alan Gillespie, Matt Cleveland, Ken Knechtel and Dale Mercer making an ace on hole No. 5 and Larry Patrick on hole No. 16.

Touhill noted that the remarkable feat came just hours after longtime Cassique golf shop employee, Tom Churchill, passed away following his 12 year battle with cancer leaving many of his friends and colleagues to suggest the omnipresent "Golf Gods" were at work that day. Churchill worked as a member of the golf shop staff where the event took place, and likely would have participated in the outing as he had for the previous 14 years.

"Churchie was definitely kicking them in for the guys that day," said Kiawah Island Club Director of Golf, Steve Kelleher. "Tom was a member of the Kiawah family for more than 20 years, beloved by our membership as well as a mentor and colleague to our younger staff. This is always a special event but having dedicated the day to Tom and then recording six holes-in-one, I’m not sure you can really explain it."

The odds of making a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1. At Cassique on Nov. 6, they were a little less than 1 in 12.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.